Skip to main content
Find a Lawyer

Enter legal issue and location

Jessica A. Ellel - Pittsburgh, PA

Three Gateway Center401 Liberty Ave.22nd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222 - 1005

Super Lawyers®


Virtual Appointments

Updated: 09/17/2020

Pittsburgh Health Care Lawyer


Chair of Houston Harbaugh's Health Law Practice, Jessica works almost exclusively with health care entities and health practitioners...

Chair of Houston Harbaugh's Health Law Practice, Jessica works almost exclusively with health care entities and health practitioners. She has extensive experience with:

• Drafting and negotiating physician employment agreements from both the physician and employer perspectives

• Negotiating contracts between physicians and hospitals

• Preparing purchase agreements to govern the sale of medical practices

• Advising on corporate governance issues, from practice formation to dissolution

• Developing comprehensive compliance plans for physician practices, hospitals, third-party billing administrators, and other health care and related entities

• Organizing strategies for compliance with fraud and abuse laws

• Addressing HIPAA compliance

Jessica is especially well-versed in HIPAA compliance and authors numerous client updates and bulletins on the subject. She conducts on-site and remote HIPAA training and also maintains Houston Harbaugh's HIPAA compliance manual, " Federal HIPAA Privacy Standards Simplified: A Comprehensive Tool-Kit".

As an outgrowth of her work with non-profit health care entities, Jessica also helps non-profit organizations and foundations with their corporate affairs, such as obtaining and maintaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and handling regulatory compliance matters. Her experience in the non-profit industry includes serving as counsel during the merger of several multi-state non-profits into one regional entity which required communication and information sharing with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office to obtain approval for the transaction.

Jessica frequently publishes articles and presents on issues relating to physician employment agreements, the Affordable Care Act, and other compliance issues. She has published articles in the Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin and in the Physicians News Digest.

Jessica is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law teaching the course Legal Aspects of Health Care Compliance.

About Jessica A. Ellel

Practice Areas

  • Health Care

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Director


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania

Other Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association's Women in the Law Division (Current Member and Former Executive Council Member)
  • Health Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association (Current Council Member and Past Chair)
  • National Health Lawyers Association (Member)


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Honors: Certification in Health Law, Topics Editor for The Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy
  • Cornell University

Past Positions

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Social Security Law Clerk
  • Honorable Donald E. Ziegler and the Honorable Gary L. Lancaster, Law Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

  • Vice-Chair of the Local Advisory Board for the Western Pennsylvania Division of the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region
  • Magee Women’s Research Institute and Foundation Board of Directors (Leadership On Board Participant, 2008-2010)
  • Leadership Development Initiative XV, 2007-2008


Other Sources of Feedback About Jessica A. Ellel

Included on the 2008 Pennsylvania list

View the profile for Jessica A. Ellel on Super Lawyers


  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2008


Office Information


Three Gateway Center401 Liberty Ave.22nd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222 - 1005


  • 412-281-4499

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

M - F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm




  • First Settlement is a Wake-Up Call for Business Associates Working With Health Care Providers
  • New CMS Payment Models Imminent
  • Rules on Returning Medicare Overpayment Finalized
  • Executive Action Amends HIPAA: Allows More Reporting to Criminal Background Check System
  • New Year, New Delays for ACA Reporting Requirements
  • New DOJ Compliance Counsel Underscores Need for Compliance Plans
  • Security Risk Analysis is Key to Passing Healthcare Audits
  • Audit Awareness: What you need to know if you are using EHR, Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, 8.2014
  • New HIPAA Rule Bring Changes to Breach Notification Rules, Western Pennsylvania Healthcare News, 3.2013
  • Incorporating hospitalists into your practice, Physician News Digest, 7.13.08
  • Big Changes Coming for ASC Reimbursement, Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, 2.2008
  • Pennsylvania Act 169: What Every Physician Needs to Know, Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, 10.2007

Representative Cases

  • Oversaw formation of small non-profit corporation and assisted in the entity obtaining recognition as a tax exempt entity by the IRS
  • Drafted EMTALA policies and protocols for community hospital
  • Assisted associate physician in purchasing medical practice from retiring senior physician
  • Assisted physician practice in securing support from community hospital for recruitment arrangements for new physicians
  • Negotiated an exclusive contract between physician practice and hospital
  • Successfully defended client against HIPAA complaint filed with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights

When viewing a listing, consider the state advertising restrictions to which lawyers and law firms must adhere, as well as our Legal Directory disclaimer. Some lawyers publish comparative information regarding the services that they provide which may be subject to specific comparative communications restrictions.

Write Your Review

Fields marked with an * are required

1. Rating

Overall rating

How would you rate your overall experience with this lawyer?

Use the up and down arrows to increase or decrease the rating

Please Rate
Optional ratings
Please Rate
Quality Of Service
Please Rate
Professional Competence
Please Rate

2. Review

Please share your opinion of working with this attorney. Do not reveal personal information or details about your case. All submitted reviews are shared with the attorney prior to publishing.

Your feedback must be at least 50 characters.Your review must be at least 50 characters
I would recommend this attorney to friends and family:

3. Verification

Keep my name anonymous from public view:
Customer Type
Please choose one

Unable to send request

By submitting this form you agree to receive email communications from FindLaw related to the management of your review.

Privacy Statement Contact Lawyer FAQ

Call us at 412-288-2260

Fields marked with an * are required

Preferred contact method
Unable to send request
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this web site is intended to convey general information. It should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. It is not an offer to represent you, nor is it intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The use of the internet or this contact form for communication is not necessarily a secure environment. Contacting a lawyer or law firm email through this service will not create an attorney-client relationship, and information will not necessarily be treated as privileged or confidential.

Firm Address

Google Map
Three Gateway Center401 Liberty Ave.22nd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222 - 1005

Find a Lawyer

More Options